Malaysia’s secret forced return to China of six Uighurs with pending asylum claims on 31 December 2012, was a grave violation of international law, Human Rights Watch said in a letter to the Malaysian government on 4 February.
There are no safeguards for undocumented migrant and asylum seekers in Malaysia: they’re open to arrest and detention in immigration detention centres, says Angeline Loh in an interview with Radio Australia.
The Australian High Court ruled on 31 August 2011, that the Australia-Malaysia Transfer and Resettlement Arrangement is invalid and that any attempt to remove these asylum seekers to Malaysia would be unlawful, Human Rights Watch said.
A High Court in Australia has ruled by a 6-1 majority that the refugee swap deal with Malaysia is invalid. The ruling comes a day after the New York-based Human Rights Watch made a submission to Australian Senate committees outlining why it felt the swap deal was seriously flawed.
Australia and Malaysia’s agreement to swap 800 asylum seekers who arrive in Australia for 4000 refugees living in Malaysia fails to meet minimal standards for refugee burden-sharing, Human Rights Watch said in a letter to both countries’ prime ministers.